Originally Posted by Trojita
I was set finally on getting the Swan MK III's for a computer setup, but now I'm wondering if I should spend the extra $200 on the Swan T200B?
Anyone have experience listening to both that can give me their opinion?
I have experience with the MKII but as far as my knowledge is concerned, I'll be as much help as any.
Let me start with the differences between the MKII and MKIII. It's power. The MKIII has a larger soundstage and a deeper bass response. All because it has a better, more wattage psu.
I bought my MKII's from lockware before reselling them and upgrading to the T200b's (of which I resold as well and upgraded to the T900F's). The T200b's are flat, neutral, and very critical. If you are into rock/metal and prefer music to be fun with a splash of color (I.e. more prominent mid-bass response), go with the MKIII.
If you want the T200b's, the extra $200 justifies their cost. The tweeter is a significant upgrade in my experience, extending higher than the TN25 and sounding sweeter. The T200b's excel in clarity and accuracy. The sound stage is pretty large (given that the bass does not bleed into the mids). Bass is accurate, punchy, but in no way prominent. To my ears, it's a good thing. It allows the soundstage to breathe and the music to sound crystal clear. If you listen to electronic music or music with subtle details, get the T200b's. Not just that but their midrange is unparalleled. Vocals sound like the singer is physically present.
To make it simple, use this as reference.
If you are a:
Rock>Everything Else: MKIII
Critical Listening>Passive Listening: T200b
However, the reason I say rock for MKIII's is simply because they are a speaker that gives rock a lot of energy. That does not mean in ANY way that the T200b's can't rock. They do it fine, with more accuracy and clarity than the MKIII's, but some may prefer the distinct sound of the MKIII's. For instance, I prefer Grado>Senn. Even though Senn's tend to be very flat sounding headphones, Grado have a distinct sound that I can't escape from. I am a metal listener at heart but when I got the T200b's, I did them justice by listening to high quality OST's and let me say, they will make you cry.
If ALL you listen to is rock, get the MKIII's. If you listen to generally most genres of music, go with the T200b's and never look back.